Officials at instant-messaging firm Odigo
confirmed today that two employees received text messages
warning of an attack on the World Trade Center two hours before
terrorists crashed planes into the New York landmarks.
Citing a pending investigation by law enforcement, the company
declined to reveal the exact contents of the message or to identify
But Alex Diamandis, vice president of sales and marketing, confirmed
that workers in Odigo's research and development and international
sales office in Israel received a warning from another Odigo user
approximately two hours prior to the first attack.
Diamandis said the sender of the instant message was not personally
known to the Odigo employees. Even though the company usually
protects the privacy of users, the employees recorded the Internet
protocol address of the message's sender to facilitate his or her
Soon after the terrorist attacks on New York, the Odigo employees
notified their management, who contacted Israeli security services.
In turn, the FBI was informed of the instant message warning.
FBI officials were not immediately available for comment today.
The Odigo service includes a feature called People Finder that
allows users to seek out and contact others based on certain
interests or demographics. Diamandis said it was possible that the
attack warning was broadcast to other Odigo members, but the
company has not received reports of other recipients of
In addition to operating its own messaging service network, Odigo has
licensed its technology to over 100 service providers, portals,
wireless carriers, and corporations, according to the company.
Odigo is online at http://www.odigo.com .
Reported by Newsbytes, http://www.newsbytes.com .
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